Sept 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today apologized for the 'marriage proposal' made by the controversial Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Mervyn Silva to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
Addressing a media briefing in Colombo Wednesday, Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma extended the apologies on behalf of the government.
Minister Silva who is notoriously known for his abrasive remarks and actions said in a public meeting that he was ready to marry the UN rights chief so that she can stay in Sri Lanka and learn about the country .
Minister Alahapperuma expressing regret on behalf of the entire cabinet said it was just wrong to make such an 'uncivilized' comment.
"The statement is wrong and unacceptable. On behalf of all the ministers I would like to apologize," he said.
"Navanetham Pillay is only two years younger than my mother, If someone proposed to my mother what is the feeling that I would get? This is wrong and uncivilized," Minister Alahapperuma said.
He also commended the UN official for recognizing the government's openness and the freedom allowed for her during her visit.
Pillay thanked the Government for its excellent cooperation during the planning and conduct of the "very complex mission" and for allowing her to "go anywhere, and see anything" she wished to see.
Minister Alahapperuma appreciated the UN rights chief publicly claiming that the LTTE is a ruthless terrorist outfit and hailing the development activities taking place in the Northern Province.
He also noted that the UN High Commissioner expressed satisfaction that Sri Lanka has made room for the youth to engage in politics irrespective of their ethnic orientations.